With news earlier this week that the first course designed by Tiger Woods was being shelved in Dubai, the focus turned to his first course design in the U.S. Keith Jarrett of The Citizen-Times in Asheville, N.C., where Woods is designing a course in the Cliffs community, caught up with the developer, Jim Anthony, and found out that despite slow sales, construction will resume on Tiger's course.
“We've invested $150 million in this project, so we are fully committed, and Tiger is fully committed to seeing this through to completion,” said Anthony, who indicated the course may not be ready for play until 2013. There was a time Anthony had been optimistic for an opening in late 2011 or early 2012.Not So Fast, Young Guys!There was a lot to take away from Phil Mickelson's engaging press conference Wednesday at the frosty Waste Management Phoenix Open. Among the highlights:
The Cliffs' Asheville region director of sales, Mac Triplett, said Monday that 42 home sites have been sold in a development that features 1,000 to 1,200 lots. Sales officially opened in November 2008.
* Mickelson loves the marquee pairings the PGA Tour is implementing this year. (Mickelson is paired with Bubba Watson and Bill Haas. All three players were in the hunt last week at Torrey Pines.)
* Before he's done, Mickelson hopes to finish with at least 50 wins. He's 12 shy at the moment. He also thinks the British Open will be the toughest major for him to win.
* Due to the cold weather, Mickelson is using a softer golf ball in order to hit the ball straighter.
* How does Mickelson dial in his irons? "I do a towel drill where I try to fly my irons a specific yardage, and I hit 1,500 balls a month to those specific yardages and have for the last seven years," he said. "So when I get a wedge shot like No. 18 [at Torrey Pines last Sunday] that's 72 yards and my towel drill number is 75, I only have to alter it three yards to get it to fly to my number. And over seven years of doing this I can usually fly it within a yard 95 percent of the time."
But the item that stuck out to me was when a reporter asked Mickelson if he felt the youth movement on Tour signaled a changing of the guard. Mickelson was quick to stick up for himself and Tiger.
"I feel like I've got a lot of really good golf in me," he said. "In fact I feel like I have some of my best golf coming up. I feel like I've learned a lot, I feel like my swing has evolved and I feel like from this point forward my game is more about refinement and touch and creativity and shot-making as opposed to golf swing and basic fundamentals.
"I also feel that from what I have seen with Tiger, even though he struggled last week, his swing speed is back, and I think his golf game will be back shortly, despite a lot of doubts." Golf Channel's New PrezWith the Comcast-NBC merger complete, Golf Channel announced it has a new president, Mike McCarley. The good news for him? He gets to move from New York City to Orlando, where he's guaranteed better weather and more opportunities to play golf. Tweet of the Day
@IanJamesPoulter: I can safely say my head was firmly wedged up my arse on the front 9. But Terry managed to unplug it for the back 9. Level par result.